Minnesota Viking defensive back Chris Cook was charged Tuesday with a felony for allegedly attacking his girlfriend in a jealous rage at his Eden Prairie home that left her bloodied and sobbing.
Cook, 24, was arrested at 2:10 a.m. Saturday at the townhome in the 6400 block of Regency Lane after a neighbor reported yelling and screaming from across the street, according to police.
Cook, who has been in jail since his apprehension, was in the process of meeting bail of $40,000 ahead of a court hearing Wednesday afternoon on a single count of domestic assault.
County attorney Mike Freeman was expected todiscuss the case during a news conference later Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint:
Shortly after 1:40 a.m. Saturday, police were called to Cook's home concerning a domestic assault complaint.
Police located a woman sitting on the living room floor, crying and holding the right side of her head. Her nose was bleeding.
She told officers that Cook, her boyfriend of 10 months, had assaulted and tried to strangle her because she had spoken to a former boyfriend.
She said that Cook grabbed her, swung her onto a bed and choked her.
She said she grabbed Cook's long hair to free herself.
When she stood up, Cook struck her on the side of the head, sending her into a wall.
She fled to the living room, where Cook again tried to "inhibit [her] breathing by squeezing her neck with his hand," the complaint read.
Officers noted marks on the woman's neck along with hemorrhaging in one eye that police said is consistent with strangulation. Her injuries required medical attention. Authorities have not disclosed her identity.
Cook's attorney, David Valentini, described his client Tuesday afternoon as "not happy."
He's "upset he's sitting [in jail]," Valentini said. "He's upset he missed the game. He's upset with the whole incident."
Asked whether Cook was remorseful about the incident, Valentini said, "Of course."
It was Cook's second arrest in eight months. In March, while near his mother's home in Lynchburg, Va., Cook was accused of pulling a gun on a neighbor during a verbal altercation. Two months later, he was found not guilty when a judge determined there was insufficient evidence to support the accusation that he brandished a firearm.
Cook sat in jail while his team played a few blocks away Sunday at the Metrodome and lost to the Green Bay Packers.
This guy is just pathetic.